Traineeship for a Bulgarian translator


General Information

Type of contract Traineeship

Who can apply? EU nationals eligible for our traineeship programme

Grant The trainee grant is €1,170 per month plus an accommodation allowance (see further information section)

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 22.06.2022

Your team

You will be part of the Language Services Division in the Directorate General Communications. We provide translation, editing, proofreading, and language technology and terminology services in all EU languages, as well as offering advice on linguistic matters. Our work covers a wide range of texts for expert audiences and the general public, and includes translating multilingual content for our website to make the ECB’s work accessible to non-expert readers.

In your role as a trainee Bulgarian Translator, you will be part of one of the Division’s three multilingual sections.

We are responsible for communicating the ECB’s messages to over 300 million Europeans who do not have English as their native language. You will be the ECB’s voice in Bulgarian and will work closely with translators, language technologists and coordination assistants, as well as experts from other ECB business areas.

The ECB is an inclusive employer and we strive to reflect the diversity of the population we serve. We encourage you to apply irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or other characteristics.

Your role

As a trainee Bulgarian Translator you will:
  • translate (non-legal) texts from English into Bulgarian;
  • revise and proofread texts in Bulgarian;
  • help to identify, extract and compile terminology, particularly in the fields of economics and finance;
  • align previously translated documents so they can be added to the translation memory databases.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to use state-of-the-art language technology tools in your daily work and to gain insight into the activities of language services in an EU institution. You will be part of a multicultural team that strives for continuous innovation to make a positive impact on the lives of European citizens. 

Qualifications, experience and skills


  • a master’s degree (or being close to completing a master’s degree) in modern languages or translation, or a master’s degree in any other field combined with postgraduate studies in translation;
  • familiarity with computer-assisted translation tools;
  • an interest in financial and economic affairs;
  • an intermediate (B1) command of another official EU language.

You are curious and eager to learn, and want to further develop your ability to analyse complex information. You are keen to collaborate with others, pursue team goals and learn from other people’s diverse perspectives. You strive to know and anticipate stakeholder needs, and will signal any need for change and propose alternative solutions.

You are motivated to contribute to the ECB’s mission, to serve the citizens of the EU as a member of a public institution and to work with colleagues from all over Europe. You are keen to be part of our team and to use your skills and competencies to achieve the objectives of this position.

Further information

Initial traineeship of 3 months, with a possible extension up to a maximum of 12 months in total subject to performance and budget. The traineeship is expected to start in 2022.

Applicants must provide a complete list of their graduate and undergraduate courses and related grades in the application questionnaire.

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can speak to Agnieszka Christophersen, on +49 (0)1723167073 between 11:00 and 12:00 on Wednesday, 8 June 2022.

Application and selection process

Further information on how to join us is available on our website.

The recruitment process for this position will include a remote written exercise in the pre-selection phase and, if you are invited to participate in the subsequent selection phase, an online interview.

If you are not selected for this position but are still considered suitable, you will be placed on a reserve list for 12 months from the closing date for applications, from which you might be considered for similar positions within the ECB.